After getting the green light to host 10,000 eager punters, only 500 tickets will be available for the general public to attend Victoria’s biggest race day.
The 10,000 crowd cap applies to the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day at Flemington racecourse on November 2 and 4.
Those hoping to attend the coveted races will be bitterly disappointed, with 7,000 tickets reserved for Victoria Racing Club members and the remaining 2,500 given to corporate sponsors and owners of competing horses.
Only 500 tickets will be available for the general public to attend the Melbourne Cup and Oaks days in early November (pictured, racing in Melbourne)
The minimal public tickets will be hotly contested, as punters will have to cross their fingers as the refresh Ticketek to score entry to Australia’s most famous race.
There will be no ballot system to get a hold of tickets, meaning those hoping to get their long-awaited race-day fix will have to try their luck.
Victoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson told the Herald Sun he was ‘proud’ to be welcoming crowds back to the spectacle.
‘The VRC is incredibly proud that this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival is playing a role to revive major events in Victoria,’ he said.
The initial 10,000 cap was met with enthusiasm by Victorian punters, but they will have to be fast to score one of very few available tickets (pictured, Melbourne Cup day in 2019)
‘Over 4,000 jobs have been generated at Flemington alone by the staging of this year’s event, supporting the events, hospitality and retail industries that have been so greatly impacted over the past 18 months.’
Victorian Premier Dan Andrews on October 10 said immunised punters would be allowed back once the state was 80 per cent vaccinated.
‘The loyalty and support of our members, owners and partners has been outstanding,’ Victoria Racing Club chief executive Steve Rosich said.
‘We can’t wait to welcome racing fans back to Flemington and present world class racing across the Melbourne Cup Carnival.’
All spectators at the Flemington racecourse will have a designated seat, with access to the famous front lawn.
General admission tickets cost $129 and will go on sale to members on October 26 and everyone else on October 29.
Anyone who wants to attend the event must show proof of vaccination upon entry.
November’s race-days will be strikingly different to the usual 100,000 fans that usually watch the Melbourne Cup.
The record crowd came in 2003, with 122,736 patrons attending to watch Makybe Diva win her first Cup.
7,500 tickets will go to Victoria Racing Club members and 2,500 will go to corporate sponsors (pictured, patrons watching the cup in The Rocks, Sydney)
Melbourne will be lifted from lockdown at 11.59pm on Thursday, the day Victoria is expected to be 70 per cent vaccinated.
The night curfew and 15km travel limit will be abolished, hospitality can reopen for dining at restricted capacity, and the staggered return to the classroom begins this Friday.
Residents can have up to 10 visitors at their homes while outdoor gathering limits will increase from 10 to 15.
Visitors to homes don’t have to be fully vaccinated but is highly recommended by the state government and health officials. The same rule applies for outdoor gatherings.
Melbourne’s lockdown was due to end on October 26, but was brought forward by four days due to the state’s vaccination efforts.
‘These are things we can bring forward because the Victorian community has done so well in getting vaccinated so fast and in such great numbers,’ Mr Andrews said on Sunday.
There will be no ballot system for tickets, so punters will be left to fight it out on Ticketek for the remaining seats (pictured, Caufield Cup winner Incentivise)
‘I could not be more proud of our community for coming forward and making these decisions to protect themselves, to protect the people they love, and to protect all of us against this global pandemic.’
‘To allow us to change the rules to open up, to normalise this, to get our friends back, to be focused on living our lives as close to normal as possible.’
Hospitality venues can reopen for up to 20 fully vaccinated customers indoors and 50 outdoors.
Non-essential retail can reopen for outdoor service only along with click and collect, while hairdressing will be open for up to five fully vaccinated people.
Entertainment venues and amusement parks can reopen for 50 fully vaccinated people outdoors.
Travelling to regional areas remains off limits for Melburnians until the state reaches 80 per cent double dose target.